Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Kenya: 12 elephants wiped out by poachers in 1 day

January 2013. An entire family of twelve elephants, including a two month old calf, have been slaughtered by poachers. All the carcasses were riddled with bullet wounds and all the tusks had been removed. Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers are Monday on tracking the poaching gang that is believed to carted off ivory from eleven of the elephants. The poaching incident occurred at Bisadi area of Tsavo East National Park. The gang is being pursued by a strong team of foot, canine and aerial units.
Tsavo National Park At 22,000km2 Tsavo is the Kenya's largest single contiguous ecosystem and home to an estimated 13,000 elephant according to a 2011 census. However the size of the park and the difficulty of access in some areas means that it is a favourite for poaching gangs. Source: Wildlife Extra

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